As England begins a new period of national restrictions, the days and weeks ahead will be challenging for everyone involved in grassroots sport, as well as in all the activities impacted by the new restrictions.
Indoor facilities including gyms, leisure centres, pools, tennis and basketball courts, fitness and dance studios and climbing walls must close until 2 December.
People can go outdoors to be active as many times as they like, either on their own, with their household or support bubble, or on their own with one person from another household while keeping two metres apart.
Children who are under school age if they're with a parent/carer, or people dependent on round-the-clock care, do not count towards the limit of two people from different households meeting outside.
Public places such as parks, the countryside, beaches and public gardens can stay open, as can outdoor playgrounds.
All organised community outdoor sport is not permitted, and facilities including basketball and tennis courts, outdoor gyms and skateparks must close.
All children’s grassroots sport outside of school - both indoor and outdoor - must stop, but schools and nurseries will stay open and activity will be permitted within these settings during school hours, with playgrounds staying open.
More information on what the restrictions mean for sport and physical activity.
Helping the nation stay active
We’ll be focusing on what can be done at this time, with an emphasis on supporting people to walk, run, cycle and get involved in fitness activities at home or outdoors within the restrictions.
Through our high-profile campaigns, our partnerships with brands and organisations and through our external communications channels, there'll be more from us in the days and weeks ahead about the importance of helping people to get active through this period of new restrictions.
Join the Movement
Our award-winning Join the Movement campaign is packed with resources and tips to help people of all backgrounds and abilities to stay active in fun, simple ways both indoors and outdoors.
Next week, there'll be a nationwide digital advertising campaign that will highlight these resources. This will target people who have struggled to get active since the spring lockdown and encourage them to fit more movement and activity into their day.
Autumn and Winter Activity Toolkit
As part of our work helping partners to support their communities to be active at this time, last month we launched an Autumn and Winter Toolkit packed with ideas and resources.
It has a range of assets to help your organisation engage with your audience. The toolkit also connects you to the best and most recent insight about the way people are feeling about sport and physical activity in the current climate, as well as how you can join up with our This Girl Can, We Are Undefeatable and Join the Movement campaigns.
You can download all the resources now using the link below, and a new iteration of the toolkit will be on the same page of our website next week.
Our Club Matters website has a suite of toolkits, guides and case studies to support clubs to help people stay active during this period of national restrictions, as well as to help clubs plan.
We’ll help organisations who provide sport and physical activity to get through this period financially.
Return to Play Fund
Today, we’ve reopened Return to Play: Small Grants fund, which we paused for a few days this week to refocus on helping groups, clubs and people who deliver sport and physical activity through the additional challenges that this period of national restrictions will bring.
We’ve made important changes to the criteria to ensure we’re giving the right help at this time.
Our two other coronavirus-related funds, Return to Play: Community Asset Fund and Return to Play: Active Together, are also open for applications.
This is part of a wider package of over £220m of support we’ve provided since late March.
Separately, we’re working closely with the government on a package of support for those sports badly affected by the fact they can't generate revenue from crowds on match and event days with more details to come soon, following the £100m of government support to leisure operators.
Working with the government
Getting ready for a return
We're working alongside the government colleagues so that when restrictions are lifted, we're best placed to return. We'll promote and push for as much sport and physical activity to be permitted as is possible.